Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Through the Wire:

East Timor President's life hangs in the balance

East Timor President Jose Ramos Horta is on life support and an induce coma after being shot in the stomach. continue reading

In related news, New Zealand troops are on standby and may be deployed to East Timor to boost existing numbers following the attempted assassination of the president doubled with fears of a return to instability in the country.

Aussies to release wording of apology

The exact wording of the Australian Federal Governments apology to the Stolen Generation will be revealed in federal parliament after 7pmNZT, just hours before Prime Minister Kevin Rudd gets to his feet in the House of Representatives tomorrow to deliver the long-awaited apology.

Mr Rudd said the government was trying to balance the expectations of the opposition with those of indigenous people.

"Remember who our audience is, which is indigenous people, (who want) to have an apology registered with them through the parliament," he said. An apology to the Stolen Generation was one of Rudd's promises that he said he would fulfil when elected into government. continue reading

New discovery in battle against AIDS

Researchers have found another handle that the AIDS virus uses to attack cells, and said this one may explain how it gets into the gut, where it hides out and multiplies for a full assault on the body.

The handle is a cell receptor, and its discovery could open new ways to fight the fatal and so far incurable virus, the team at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reported on Sunday. continue reading

Trukai sells rice to Australia
IN a remarkable breakthrough for PNG manufacturing, Trukai Industries is now milling and packing rice in Lae to supply the Australasian market.
Over a thousand tonnes of rice is being packed at the company's state-of-the art mill in Lae and exported to Australia, New Zealand and Solomon Islands. continue reading

Sources: stuff.co.nz and Postcourier online

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